Office of Institutional Advancement

Donor Stories

Philanthropy has played a significant role in Jefferson’s successes since the University’s founding in 1824. Contributions from our most loyal supporters have provided the resources to help Jefferson become a national leader in research, education and patient care.



Esperanza and David Neu
The Neus’ donated $3 million to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson to establish the Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Cancer Survivorship. The Center will serve as a comprehensive resource for psychosocial care and research, ensuring patients feel supported and emotionally healthy as they confront and recover from cancer.


Barry and Joy Lambert
The Institute of Emerging Health Professions has received a $3 million gift from Australian philanthropists, Barry and Joy Lambert, to support its Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research. The center will be renamed The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University.

Vickie & Jack Farber

Vickie and Jack Farber
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health receive a transformational $20 million gift from Vickie and Jack Farber to strengthen the neuroscience institute that bears their name. The gift will be used to expand clinical and research programs in Jefferson’s Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience.

Robert (Bob) V. Nicoletti

Robert V. Nicoletti Family Trust
Jefferson Health received a $2.5 million gift from the Robert V. Nicoletti Family Trust to establish a new kidney transplant center with a special focus on living donor transplantation. The Nicoletti Kidney Transplant Center at Jefferson brings together research, education and clinical care in one space.